Add a Pop-Up Dictionary to Any Android App for Quick & Easy Word Definitions
When you're browsing the web, going through emails, or reading a book or magazine, you'll occasionally come across a word or phrase that you haven't seen before. This would be a perfect time to have some sort of built-in dictionary lookup service, but most Android apps lack such a feature.
In the past, we've covered a mod that adds dictionary search features to all apps on Android, but this required that your device was rooted.
Well, a new app from the development team at WordSnitch has finally brought this functionality to non-rooted devices. This means that anyone running Android 3.0 or higher can now add a handy context menu dictionary search to all apps on their system.
Step 1: Install Power Reading: Word Snitch
To begin, head to your Play Store app, then search for and install Power Reading: Word Snitch. Alternatively, you can skip straight to the install page by using this link.
Step 2: Open the App to Enable the Service
To enable the Word Snitch dictionary service, simply launch the app. When the service is running, you'll see an ongoing notification that says "Snitching On," which means you're ready to use the feature.
There's an option to automate this service, and theoretically, it should trigger Word Snitch only during those times that you're using certain apps. In reality, though, I haven't got it to work myself, but it may be worth a try on your device.
To enable the automated service, tap the settings icon from Word Snitch's main menu. From here, tick the box next to "Enable Smart Snitching," then select any apps that you would like to use the context menu dictionary feature with, like your browser, reading app, Gmail, etc.
Step 3: Use the Context Menu Dictionary Search Feature
When you're ready to use the feature, make sure the Word Snitch service is running, then simply open any app that has copy and paste functionality. From here, long-press any word, then tap the "Copy" button at the top of the screen.
Almost immediately, a small popup will appear at the bottom of the screen with your highlighted word's definition. If you'd like even more information about this word or phrase, tap the globe icon on this popup, then you'll be taken directly to a Google search of this term.
Additionally, all words or phrases that you've looked up will be saved within the Word Snitch app.
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